Those days when your brain takes a staycation behind locked doors and you need it around to answer a bajillion questions…

It's a strange phenomenon when you get to the end of the evening and know that you'd done a lot in the course of the day, but for the life of you, if someone asked what, you'd be hard pressed to give an answer. I'm sure a big chunk of it was spent taking care … Continue reading Those days when your brain takes a staycation behind locked doors and you need it around to answer a bajillion questions…

My mind has been out of action for nearly a week… & it’s slowly coming back online.

If you were to ask me what I did this week, I'd be hard pressed to give you little more than a very vague answer. I know there's a bunch of things I was THINKING about doing, but somehow the week slipped by (and yes, I went to work...wasn't THAT far gone) and I realized … Continue reading My mind has been out of action for nearly a week… & it’s slowly coming back online.

When negativity gets you to vacillate between numbness & catastrophizing, & then throws you overboard…

My entire past week has been something for my mental record books regarding bad behavior (toward myself). Cue a mysterious ailment and I've gone off the deep end. I'm sitting here now, trying to just breathe in and sip a bit of 7Up to settle my messed up stomach after a week of terrible eating … Continue reading When negativity gets you to vacillate between numbness & catastrophizing, & then throws you overboard…

Blitz Q #156: What’s your favorite Firefly episode?

I've spent days with a foggy brain when I wasn't cooking or shoveling fill dirt around my house. Probably the only thing that made me excitable (other than my first successful pot roast) was having YouTube videos on. What got me out of it--at least a little while--was something I'd never watched before: First viewing … Continue reading Blitz Q #156: What’s your favorite Firefly episode?

The end of an era; or, the “squawking green chicken” has flown the coop forever…

It's 5:30 a.m. and I just got in from burying my 28 year old green cheeked Amazon in the yard. I knew something was up with him, but it was the alarmed squeaking and wing-flapping from my parakeets that clued me in that something was amiss. And when I looked to see if there was … Continue reading The end of an era; or, the “squawking green chicken” has flown the coop forever…

Confederate Statues Have Got to Go. A White Southern Woman Weighs In…

Taking down statues of people in states of rebellion who were fighting for and openly supporting an immoral system is NOT erasing history: it's history MAKING. Actually, it's also correcting the record. Those statues were an attempt to erase history already: the history of the gains made during the 1867-1877 Reconstruction era... gains allowed to … Continue reading Confederate Statues Have Got to Go. A White Southern Woman Weighs In…

#067–How do you do Mother’s Day when you can’t bring yourself to speak to your mother?

Let's call this Part 2 of my question #062 post: How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say? Anyway... I actually remembered Mother's Day was around the corner for once, and I'm sure this has fueled my anxiety and my totally distracted choices the past few weeks. I … Continue reading #067–How do you do Mother’s Day when you can’t bring yourself to speak to your mother?

To me, this is the whole damned point…

Photo from NPR article linked to below, from Getty images A few months ago, with the church shooting outside of San Antonio, I asked a question about what would happen if we focused on the victims instead of the perpetrator. Well, thank you NPR--it's a start. This is the point. This is the result. And … Continue reading To me, this is the whole damned point…

Double Your Brain Power: Increase your memory by using all of your brain all the time, by Jean Marie Stine

My Copy: 9780131867192 (image from abebooks.com) Another blast from the past, another self-improvement book on the shelf...but I've actually read this one...way back when. I was just so young I didn't know what to do with it.  My memory sucks, and with all the books on my shelf (and all the classes I keep signing … Continue reading Double Your Brain Power: Increase your memory by using all of your brain all the time, by Jean Marie Stine

Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, by Susan D. Bachrach

My Copy: 9780316074841 (image from ushmm.org) Tell Them We Remember is a concise overview of the Holocaust. As someone who has done research on the Holocaust ever since reading about Anne Frank (going on over 20 years now), I think this book is a fantastic introduction to the subject matter for younger readers, say middle … Continue reading Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, by Susan D. Bachrach